THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
OF NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
Room 14 -Ground Floor – City Hall
ANNOUNCES EXAMINATION FOR.... Phone 286-4432 / 286-4430
JR. PARKING VIOLATIONS CLERK
CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS
(ONE ANTICIPATED VACANCY)
SALARY RANGE: $20,235 – 25,171 PER YEAR EXAM: #60-269 O.C.
FILING FOR THE EXAM: Applications can be filed in person at Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main St., Room 14 or by
mail. Tie scores are broken and ranked on the eligible list by date and time the application was filed. If you file the application
in person, the date and time received will be marked by office staff. If filing by mail, the date and time stamped on the
postmark will be used. If the post mark is not clearly stamped, the date the application was received and the time it was opened
in the Civil Service Office will be used. Therefore, if you are applying by mail, it is advisable that you personally bring the
application to the Post Office to witness and ensure the quality of the postmark.
EXAM FEE: $15.00 A Non-Refundable application fee must accompany your application and is required for each exam
for which you apply. DO NOT USE CASH. Make check or money order payable to the City Controller and write the
examination number on your check or money order. AS NO REFUND WILL BE MADE, you are urged to compare your
qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are
FEE WAIVER A waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the
support of a household. In addition, a waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid,
or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family
Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a
State or local social service agency. All claims for application fee wavier are subject to verification. If you can verify
eligibility for an application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it
with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Exam Announcement. An
application fee waiver that is not supported by the appropriate documentation is grounds for barring admittance to exam or
appointment. The “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification Form” is available in the Human Resource
Department at City Hall.
EXAMINATION DATE FIRST DAY FOR FILING LAST DAY FOR FILING
May 30, 2009 Mon., March 30, 2009 – 8:00 AM Wed., April15, 2009 – 3:30 PM
CANDIDATES MUST HAVE BEEN LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS FOR A PERIOD OF
AT LEAST ONE (1) YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE WRITTEN EXAM.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is an entrance level position primarily involving the receipt and
processing of payments for various fines and fees issued by the Unified Court System and the Niagara Falls Police Department
and involves direct interaction with the public. The incumbent performs cashiering and all related duties including balancing
the cash drawer and maintaining required records and reports. The work also involves the performance of related clerical and
general office work. General or direct supervision is received from an assigned superior. The employee in this class assists a
superior in the performance of assigned duties, and the work is reviewed by immediate observation by checking of completed
work and by periodic or spot checks. The Junior Parking Violations Clerk performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Accepts payment for parking tickets and bond money, issues receipts and makes deposits as required;
Reconciles daily cashier report to daily deposit;
Verifies proper entry of parking violations into computerized records;
Answers telephone, furnishes information to the general public, employees and various agencies and receives and processes complaints;
Files department records and correspondence;
Verifies and reconciles account balances as directed;
Performs various computer data entry and word processing functions;
Opens and processes incoming mail;
Operates typewriter, personal computer, calculator, copy machine, fax machine and other office machines;
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See Reverse Side for General Instructions
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES
(Please read carefully)
1. RESIDENCY FOR EXAM - Unless otherwise specified in the exam announcement, candidates must have been legal residents of the City of
Niagara Falls for one year immediately preceding date of written exam.
2. RESIDENCY FOR APPOINTMENT: Local Law #7 of the City of Niagara Falls requires that persons commencing employment with the
City of Niagara Falls after December 17, 1984, must continue to reside in the City for the duration of employment.
3. AGE LIMITS - Unless otherwise specified in the exam announcement, there are no age restrictions. However, the State Education Law and
the State Child Labor Law restrict the employment of persons under 18 years of age.
4. COMPLETION OF APPLICATIONS - A regular application must be filed for each exam. The applicant should make sure that every
question is answered and that the application is complete in all respects. An incomplete application may be disapproved.
5. VETERAN AND DISABLED VETERAN CREDITS - Candidates must meet the requirements for Veterans Credits at the time of
appointment or promotion. A candidate who is currently in active duty in the military may file for "conditional" credits but will be restricted
from certification using the credits until appropriate documentary proof of honorable discharge and dates of service is provided to the
Commission. The form necessary for filing for Veterans Credits, however, must be filed with the application. Evidence of military
discharge (form DD-214) or proof of military status if claiming "conditional credits" must be presented with this form. You will be allowed
the option of waiving these credits after the completion of the exam. For the purpose of claiming veterans credits on a Civil Service exam,
an applicant must have served in the armed forces of the United States at any time during the following periods:
World War II - December 7, 1941 to and including December 31, 1946**
Korean War - June 27, 1950 to and including January 31, 1955**
Southeast Asia Hostilities – February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Starting date changed per Chapter 179 of Laws of 2006)
Lebanon* - June 1, 1983 - December 1, 1987**
Grenada* - October 23, 1983 - November 21, 1983**
Panama* - December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990**
Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990 to the end of such hostilities (not yet determined)**
U. S. Public Health Service - July 29, 1945 to September 2, 1945 or June 26, 1950 to July 3, 1952
*Credit for Lebanon, Grenada, and Panama will be limited to those who received the armed forces expeditionary medal, the navy
expeditionary medal, or the marine corps expeditionary medal.
Disabled Veterans must have been disabled in the actual performance of duty in any war and have a disability rated at 10% or more that
exists at the time of application or promotion. (See Veterans Form for additional information.)
6. MILITARY MAKE-UP - Special test arrangements are available for active military members.
7. SPECIAL TEST ARRANGEMENTS – Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on this day due to a conflict
with a religious observance or practice and/or need special accommodations due to a disability, indicate this on your application form.
8. INVESTIGATION OF CANDIDATES - Inquiries may be made as to character and ability, and all statements made by candidates in their
applications are subject to verification.
9. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION – Applicants may be required to undergo a criminal history background investigation to determine
suitability for appointment. Failure to meet the standards for the background investigation may result in disqualification.
10. ADMISSION NOTICES - The Commission will notify all candidates of the disposition of their applications. Approved candidates will be
notified at least four days in advance of the place, date and hour of exam. If you have not received notification of acceptance or rejection
or information as to where to appear for the exam by the Wednesday before the exam date, contact this office at 286-4432 or 286-
11. PASSING MARK - The passing grade in each announced subject of an examination is 70.
12. INTERVIEWS - As an aid in rating training and experience, interviews may be required at a later date.
13. PHYSICAL EXAM - Prior to appointment, each candidate will be required to pass a physical exam and drug testing.
14. RETIREMENT SYSTEM - Persons appointed to competitive positions are required to join the NYS Retirement System.
15. DEGREES AWARDED FROM EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS OUTSIDE OF US OR TERRITORIES: Your degree and/or college
credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education
Department as following acceptable educational practices and/or your high school diploma must be equivalent to one awarded in the U.S. If
your high school diploma, degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the U.S. and its territories, you
must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this
service; you must pay the required evaluation fee.
16. APPLYING FOR CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS ON THE SAME DATE IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS:
A) If you have applied for both State and Local government exams, you must make arrangements to take all your exams at the State exam
center by calling (518)474-6470 or toll-free at 1-877-697-5627 (press 2, then press 1) no later than two weeks before the test date and also
notify the Niagara Falls Civil Service Commission in writing, preferably prior to the last date for filing for the exam, but in no case less
than two weeks prior to the exam date.
B) If you have applied for other local government exams, you must contact each jurisdiction as instructed. The City of Niagara Falls
requires a written request no later than two weeks before the date of the exams. You must notify all jurisdictions at which test site you
wish to take your exam(s). For more information regarding this policy, call (716) 286-4432.
17. In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be
entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive exam for original appointment in the same municipality in which his/her parent
has served. The parent is deemed to have served in a municipality if he/she was employed by or worked primarily in that municipality. If
you are qualified to participate in this exam and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality,
please inform this office when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two
months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may
be added after the eligible list has been established.
18. The City of Niagara Falls does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age,
handicap, marital status or national origin.
19. Applicants who have completed accredited military or industrial training can contact Excelsior College at www.exelsior.edu for information
about the Full Service Credit Bank service which can issue a college transcript to be reviewed for compliance with the minimum education
requirement for an exam.
JR. PARKING VIOLATIONS CLERK(O.C.) -3-
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES (continued)
Obtains traffic tickets, ordinance citations, and bond money from the Police Department;
Schedules court hearing dates and times, assuring that the appropriate Police Officers and the City Attorney receive notice of same;
Types and processes warrant and suspension letters to Department of Public Safety;
Maintains office filing systems for correspondence and reports.
1) AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION WILL BE DISAPPROVED. List your current or most recent position first and
then any experience that qualifies you for the minimum qualifications of the position sought. To receive credit for experience
on a job, all information requested on the application including title, number of hours in the work week, final salary, duties
performed by you in each position and percentage of time spent on each task, length of employment, etc., must be shown. Be
very specific in explaining experience that qualifies you for the position sought. Ambiguity and vagueness will not be
resolved in your favor.
2) A RESUME DOES NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR THE APPLICATION AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
3) Unless otherwise specified, experience will be interpreted to mean "PAID EXPERIENCE" only. Part-time paid work
experience will be accepted based on its full-time equivalent.
4) If a degree or special license is required, a copy must be submitted with application.
CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ON OR BEFORE THE DATE OF THE WRITTEN
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and one (1) year of general clerical and/or
NOTE: Additional education beyond high school graduation may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis;
additional appropriate experience beyond one year may be substituted for high school graduation on a year-for-year basis.
SUBJECT OF EXAM: First-time test takers may benefit from a publication entitled “How to Take a Written Test” which
can be downloaded from the Web at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/testing/localtestguides.cfm or picked up in the Human Resource
Office (This publication will not be mailed.) The Written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as:
1. Arithmetic computation with calculator - These questions test for the ability to use a calculator to do basic computations.
Questions will involve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You may also be asked to calculate averages and
percents, and to round an answer to the nearest whole number or to one or more decimal places. YOU SHOULD BRING
WITH YOU A HAND-HELD BATTERY- OR SOLAR-POWERED CALCULATOR FOR USE ON THIS TEST.
2. Coding/decoding information - These questions test for the ability to use written directions to code and decode
information accurately. You will be asked to apply sets of coding rules to code information and to interpret coded
information. Complete directions will be provided; no previous knowledge of or training in any coding system is required.
3. Name and number checking - These questions test for the ability to distinguish between sets of words, letters, and/or
numbers that are almost exactly alike. Material is usually presented in two or three columns, and you will have to
determine how the entry in the first column compares with the entry in the second column and possibly the third. You will
be instructed to mark your answers according to a designated code provided in the directions.
4. Office record keeping - These questions test your ability to perform common office record keeping tasks. The test
consists of two or more "sets" of questions, each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems
might involve the organization or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using
running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents.
5. Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You
will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information
required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special
knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.
CALCULATOR STATEMENT: CANDIDATES ARE PERMITTED TO USE QUIET, HAND-HELD, SOLAR OR
BATTERY POWERED CALCULATORS. CELLULAR PHONE CALCULATORS, DEVICES WITH TYPEWRITER
KEYBOARDS, "SPELL CHECKERS," "PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS," "ADDRESS BOOKS," "LANGUAGE
TRANSLATORS," "DICTIONARIES," OR ANY SIMILAR DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED. YOU MAY NOT BRING
BOOKS OR OTHER REFERENCE MATERIALS.
RATING OF EXAMS: The written exam is being prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in
accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law. The provisions of New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations
dealing with the rating of exam will be applicable to this written exam.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
DATED: March 28, 2009